School education: a quick guide to key internet links
1 November 2013
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This Quick Guide provides links to:
Note: administrative arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for school education. Therefore, links to Australian Government websites listed below may change as new arrangements take effect.
Policy and administrative framework for school education
- The Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians agreed to by the Australian Government and state and territory government education ministers in 2008, sets the goals and directions for Australian schooling.
- The Department of Education (DoE) provides access to information about Australian Government school education policies and programs. At the time of writing, the DoE website was being updated to reflect the Machinery of Government changes following the 2013 federal election.
- The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) is a standing council of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Its membership includes Australian Government and state and territory government education ministers. Communiques summarise key agreements made at SCSEEC meetings.
- The SCSEEC replaced the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) in January 2012. Information and publications released by MCEECDYA remain on its archived website.
- The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is responsible for the development of the national curriculum, the National Assessment Program and national data collection and reporting.
- The National Report on Schooling in Australia, published by ACARA since 2009, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information. The latest edition is 2011. Earlier editions are on the MCEECDYA website.
- The annual Report on Government Services, published by the Productivity Commission, provides an overview of school education in Australia, key statistics and funding information.
- The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) provides ‘national leadership for the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments in promoting excellence in the profession of teaching and school leadership’. Its work includes the development of professional standards, national registration and professional learning for teachers.
Information about schools
- School term dates
- The My School website, managed by ACARA, provides information about all schools in Australia, and includes key statistical data, financial information and school-wide National Assessment Program (literacy and numeracy) results.
- M Harrington, Schools by Commonwealth Electoral Division, 2012, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 2013. The information for individual schools includes school name, location and school type. For non-government schools, campus information, affiliation and Commonwealth funding arrangements under the socioeconomic status (SES) system are also provided. The website includes a list of school enrolments by electorate.
Australian Government funding for schools pre-2014
Government funding for schools from 2014
- From 2014, Australian and state and territory government funding for government and non-government schools will be provided according to the terms of the COAG National Education Reform Agreement (the NERA). At the time of writing, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australian governments are ‘non-participating’ education systems. (Note: non-government schools and school systems are not required to sign the NERA.)
- Australian Government funding for NERA-participating government education systems, non-government education systems and schools and non-participating government education systems will be provided under the Australian Education Act 2013 and the Australian Education Regulation 2013.
- M Harrington, Funding the National Plan for School Improvement: an explanation, Background note, Parliamentary Library, Canberra, 26 June 2013. Provides a detailed explanation of the National Plan for School Improvement as it was called at the time of writing.
Student achievement statistics
- The National Assessment Program (NAP), managed by ACARA, includes the annual National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 and three-yearly NAP Sample Assessments in Science Literacy, Civics and Citizenship, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy.
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a three-yearly international survey of the reading, mathematics and science capabilities of 15-year-old students.
- Progress in International Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS), a project of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), is a five-yearly international assessment of the reading ability of students in Year 4.
- The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), an IEA project, is a four-yearly international survey of the mathematics and science achievement of students in Year 4 and Year 8.
Other international statistics
The following are some educational organisations that represent the interests of school education stakeholders and/or undertake research relating to school education. The Australasian Education Directory provides a comprehensive listing of educational organisations.
International organisations and overseas education departments
Overseas education departments
State and territory government websites
Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
New South Wales (NSW)
Northern Territory (NT)
South Australia (SA)
Western Australia (WA)
For copyright reasons some linked items are only available to members of Parliament.
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